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New restaurant opens on Huger Street — with half-price food on opening day

Freshe Poke opens Dec. 19 on Huger St. Meals are half price on opening day. This is the Freshe Classic: salmon and ahi tuna with sweet and green onion, edamame and cucumber with house shoyu sauce, topped with fresh pineapple, seaweed salad and onion crisp.
Freshe Poke opens Dec. 19 on Huger St. Meals are half price on opening day. This is the Freshe Classic: salmon and ahi tuna with sweet and green onion, edamame and cucumber with house shoyu sauce, topped with fresh pineapple, seaweed salad and onion crisp.

With renovations complete in building at the corner of Huger and Senate streets, owner Sally Wu plans to open Freshe Poke restaurant at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Poke is the latest trend for people who want to eat healthier — a Hawaiian seafood dish containing raw ahi tuna, traditionally served as an appetizer or entree. As part of Freshe Poke’s opening celebration, orders will be half-price all day Tuesday.

Wu said that she and her team have done the research, checking out places in New York, Chicago and Atlanta, as well as some local spots, before setting the Freshe Poke menu. Wu will serve the classic raw ahi tuna – as well as salmon, and cooked shrimp, chicken and tofu – in your choice of a bowl, burrito or salad.

There will be a selection of signature bowls (the Freshe Classic is made with salmon and ahi tuna mixed with sweet and green onions, edamame and cucumber with house shoyu dressing, topped with fresh pineapple, seaweed salad and onion crisp) or diners can build their own meals by choosing a protein and mix-in ingredients that range from scallions and corn to masago (flying fish roe) and avocado.

A regular-size poke bowl will have two scoops of protein, the large has three scoops and additional scoops can be added at $2 per scoop.

Wu says Freshe Poke’s wide selection of sauces and toppings will set them apart from other poke places. The 10 sauces can add a depth of flavor or heat (sriracha aioli, anyone?) and there’s even a selection of crunchy items – onion crisps, toasted rice puffs or Cheetos dust, to name a few – to finish off a custom order.

For side dishes, choose from miso soup, seaweed salads or ika sansai (seasoned squid). In addition to traditional soda and tea choices, Wu will be offering brewed green tea and black tea with fruit flavorings.

A second location at 252 Harbison Blvd., next to Outback Steakhouse, is scheduled to open in early 2018.

Freshe Poke, 1102 Huger St., (803) 724-2943, www.freshepoke.com or www.facebook.com/freshepoke. Order online for pick-up or dine-in

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